Five wineries in the South African wine region
The South Africa wine region is home to 5 of the country's best located wineries. You can find them in the Cape Winelands. This is the name given to the wine region near Cape Town, to which the wine regions of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl belong. Strictly speaking, this also includes the wine regions around Robertson, Constantia, Walker Bay, Tulbagh and Swartland. However, these are not as well known as the three largest wine-growing regions. Four of these wine regions are home to the wine farms in South Africa that we like best.
Jan van Riebeek, who founded Cape Town as a supply station on the sea route to India, had the first vines planted in 1655. His company garden still exists in Cape Town today. However, his successor Simon van der Stel was more important for viticulture. He founded the first winery in South Africa in Constantia. The Stellenbosch named after him, the city that he had built. In addition, it was he who brought Huguenots into the country from France, who settled around Franschhoek and promoted viticulture. The French were also among the first Europeans to appreciate South African wines. Napoleon even had thirty bottles of Groot Constantia wine delivered to his exile in St. Helena every month.
White wines of South Africa
- Chenin Bland
- Sauvignon Blanc
I got to know and appreciate them on my travels through the country. The region north of Cape Town is one of the most scenic areas in the country. Here gentle hills alternate with mountain peaks, sandy beaches and the sea. The South African wine region begins below Table Mountain in Groot Constantia, where one of South Africa's oldest wineries is located. If you drive further north, you come to the Winelands of South Africa, whose vineyards stretch around Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl. Here you will find the best located wine farms in South Africa. (Map)
South African red wines
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir
- Cabernet Franc
Actually, these geographical areas are too warm for viticulture. In other regions of the world there are no vineyards in these latitudes. South Africa's wine region owes its existence to the cold Benguela Current, a sea current that comes from the Antarctic. This cools the sea on the west coast of the country and at the same time ensures that wine can be grown in these locations. The closer the wineries are to the coast, the easier it is for winemakers to make wine. Temperatures are rising inland. The hours of sun increase. This ultimately ensures that the wine barrels in which the grape juice ripens are cooled.
South Africa wine region north of Cape Town, which is beautifully situated
Enjoy traveling in the Wine regions of the world are not just an experience for the palate. Beautiful places and locations are also important. These make a visit to wine regions not only a pleasure for the palate, but also for the eyes. It's not difficult in South Africa. On the contrary! The attractiveness and ambience of South Africa's wine region are legendary. However, there are wineries that are particularly beautiful. We present them here.
Constantia wine region - the oldest wine region in South Africa
This is the oldest wine region in the South Africa winelands. Here, the Dutch traders first farmed and cultivated wine.
Cape Town is closest to the winery of Groot Constantia. No wonder, as it is the oldest winery in the country. In 1685 Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein transferred the lands of Groot Constantia to Simon Van Der Stel, Governor of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape of Good Hope. He built the house and used the grounds to grow wine, fruit and vegetables. He also bred cattle. After his death, the estate was divided into three parts: Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Bergvliet.
Today, Groot Constantia is owned by the Groot Constantia Trust. The mansion, which was rebuilt in the Cape Dutch style in 1925 after a devastating fire, now houses part of the South African Cultural History Museum. The exhibitions deal with slavery in the country and the life of slaves in the early colonial period on the Cape.
For me, Groot Constantia is one of the 5 best located wineries in South Africa because it is in the middle of its vineyards. Because of its proximity to Cape Town and Table Mountain, it is one of the most visited estates in the South African wine region. Therefore, you shouldn't expect to find a quiet place here. Still, I'll add it to my list of the top five goods. On the one hand, because as the oldest winery in the country, it is full of interesting stories that are worth discovering. On the other hand, because of its location below Table Mountain in the middle of its own vineyards.
Old Constantia Main Road
Telephone: +27 (0)21 794 5128
Fax: +27 (0)21 794 1999
Opening hours: 9 am - 6 pm Mon - Sun.
Cellar tours every hour on the hour between 10 am and 4 pm
Wineries in South Africa in the South Africa wine region near Stellenbosch
You can reach the South Africa wine region near Stellenbosch in a good half an hour via the N1 motorway. Take your time to visit the pretty university town. This is the only one in the country that trains wine specialists. The surroundings of the place are not to be despised either. There are wineries there that are well worth a visit.
Spier Wine Farm
Nobody can get past Spier's Wine Farm. I mean that in the literal sense. Because the winery is on the R310, the road that leads from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in the South African wine region. Of the five wineries in this article, it is the one that I thought long and hard about adding to the list. Because Spier's Wein Farm does not necessarily correspond to the image that we usually have of a winery. It offers everything you could hope for in a winery. There are tastings, a restaurant and overnight accommodation. What I miss is the ambience that I expect from a visit to the winery. Instead, the cellar looks rather barren for tastings. The hustle and bustle around the wine at Spier's is somewhat reminiscent of Disneyland.
The colorful ones Houses where you can spend the night *, contribute. The eagle hoard also. Or the Craft Center. And the ceramics workshop. All of this is a bit too much of a good thing for me that has nothing to do with wine and a winery. Even so, I added the farm to the list of the best located wineries. It can be reached quickly and easily from Cape Town. It is also relatively close to the sea, which gives its wines their own character. You should get to know these in order to be able to judge what role the location of the vineyards has for the wines in the Western Cape.
Spier Wine Farm
Tastings and sales:
Mo. - Mi .: 9 am - 5 pm
Thu.-Sa .: 9 am - 6 pm
So: 11 am - 6 pm
Neethlingshof - is beautifully located in the South African wine region
Only a few kilometers further, the driveway to the Neethlingshof Wine Estate, lined with stone pines, branches off unmistakably. You shouldn't miss a visit to Neethlingshof because of this avenue alone. The family's former home now serves as a restaurant. Like Groot Constantia, the estate is one of the oldest in the country. In 1692 the house was built in the style of Kapholland. To this day, it gives the winery its ambience. A winery that is part of every visit to the South African wine region.
For me it is one of the best located wineries in South Africa because of its pine avenue that leads through the middle of the vineyards. Combined with a wine tasting and a meal on the Terrace of the restaurant, a visit to Neethlingshof is an experience for connoisseurs.
Mo. - Fr.
9 am - 5 pm (last tasting starts at 4.30 pm)
Sat., Sun., holidays
10 am - 4 pm
1st Christmas holiday & Good Friday
This has to be in the suitcase for a trip to the South African wine region
- You need good shoes, because you will be walking a lot here.
- The wine region of South Africa is drenched in the sun. It is therefore advisable to have a sun hat .
- A backpack is practical for everything you need for a day. Maybe you buy a bottle or two of wine?
- When visiting wineries, it is worth taking a picknick .
Wineries in the South Africa wine region near Franschhoek
You shouldn't miss the drive to Franschoek, even if the Boschendal winery recommended here is outside the village. Franschoek is - like Stellenbosch - a place for connoisseurs in the South African wine region. A stroll through the town and a visit to the Huguenot monument should definitely be included. The view from there into the Hottentots Holland Mountains is legendary.
This winery is located east of the Simonsberg nature reserve. This means that it is only a few meters away from the junction to Franschoek. Because of this location alone, Boschendal is one of the best situated wineries in the South African wine region. But there is more to this estate that is well worth a visit. In any case, you should plan some time for your visit to Boschendal. It is of course best to spend several days there or to take a whole day for it. However, several hours should definitely be there in order to be able to enjoy the estate, its wines and its surroundings.
Activities in Boschendal
There are many ways in which you can experience the winery. Wine tasting, vineyard tours or cellar tours are just as much a part of this as hiking or cycling tours through the vineyards. You can drive through the farm in carriages. More sporty ones can explore the winery on horseback. And for those who prefer it quiet, there is wellness enjoyment in the spa. I particularly liked the Boschendal gardens. The rose garden is worth a visit. In Boschendal you can also stay overnight *.
Our tip: the wine picnics in Boschendal
Boschendal is known for its picnics. They love the South Africans too. It is therefore essential to reserve at least 24 hours in advance. There are even two picnic spots. These depend on the season. There are picnics in the rose garden. You get a basket filled with specialties straight from the farm. In the shade of old oaks, you can enjoy these delicacies at laid tables or on picnic blankets. At the Werf Farm picknick it's more relaxed. There, guests bring their own blankets, tables and chairs. The food is in picnic baskets with products from the farm. You can hardly experience the South Africa wine region more beautifully.
Wine tastings & pairings daily
Mo. - Sun. 10 am - 5 pm
Wed. - Sun. 11 am - 3 pm (Food pairings)
Paarl wine region
The fourth wine region that I recommend is northwest of Franschoek. Even from afar you can see the round rock domes that gave the place its name. They reminded the first white settlers in the region of pearls. When Abraham Gabbema came to this area on October 22nd, 1657, it had rained shortly before. The rock dome gleamed in the morning sun, reminding him of a pearl. That's how the place got its name. You should not miss the drive up to this rock, because up there is the Afrikaanse Taal monument , a monument dedicated to the languages spoken in South Africa. From the top you have a beautiful view of the wine region in the south and to Cape Town.
The Nederburg winery in Paarl follows Boschendal in my ranking of the 5 best located wineries in South Africa. It is not that old, but with the year it was founded in 1791, it can also look back on a long winemaking tradition. Philippus Wolvaart and his wife Margaretha laid the foundation stone for the Nederburg winery. This is one of the wineries where cold fermentation has been introduced because the grapes have too much residual sweetness. This method was developed by Johann Graue, a brewer from Germany who bought the estate in 1937.
If you visit Nederburg, you will see the manor house that Wolvaart completed in 1800. It is surrounded by the estate's vineyards and is used for events. There are wine tastings and a cellar tour. Because of its view of the "pearl" of Paarl, for me it is also one of the 5 best located wineries in South Africa.
Visitor Center & Old Cellar Museum
Mon - Fri: 9 am - 5 pm (May - Sept.)
Mon - Fri: 9 am - 6 pm (Oct. - Apr.)
Sa. & Su .: 10 am - 4 pm
Mon - Fri: 10.30 am & 3 pm
Sa. & Su .: 11 am
Nederburg is closed on the 1st Christmas Day, New Year and Good Friday.
This is my list of the 5 best located wineries in South Africa. There are numerous other wineries in the region that are worth exploring.
More travel tips for the area:
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Various airlines fly to Cape Town. It's best to take a car from there, because that's the only way you are flexible enough to get to know the localities of the region better.
There are a number of campsites in the Stellenbosch area. A beautifully located campsite in Franschoek in the middle of the wine region is Franschoek Camping at La Motte Wine Farm & Restaurant, La Motte Station Rd, Heuwelsig Farm, Franschhoek, 7690. What you need for motorhome trips, you can find here. You can rent mobile homes here *. With our Packing list camper You never forget anything again.
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